Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said that the passing of TK Whitaker is truly a major loss for the Irish nation.
“Ireland has always been greater than the sum of its individual parts, but the part played by TK Whitaker has been pivotal and transformative in the development of the modern Irish nation.
“Under any metric, TK Whitaker was an Irish patriot. His 75 years of service to the Irish people, in a variety of guises, changed Ireland for the better, and that’s a legacy his family can be rightly proud of.
“TK Whitaker’s contribution to the socio-economic development of Ireland, as well as to the thawing of relations with Northern Ireland in the 1960s has transformed the lives of generation after generation of Irish people.
“Whitaker was a lead architect of a great progressive transformation in our economic fortunes. Along with Lemass, he ensured that the Irish economy became outward looking, open, and dynamic,” added Martin.
“Bhí fiór grá ag Whitaker don Ghaeilge agus don chultúr Ghaelach, agus i rith a tsaoil, rinne sé sár-obair chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn.
“TK was a proud Gaeilgóir, and throughout his life retained a deep sense of love for Irish culture, and did an amazing amount to support and protect the language.
“The 270,000 people directly employed by multinational companies, as well as the hundreds of thousands employed indirectly through Irish SMEs, are TK Whitaker’s direct and most obvious legacy.
“Ireland owes TK Whitaker’s family significant thanks for sharing him with the state. Even after his retirement from the public service, Whitaker continued to serve the Irish people through a variety of activities such as serving as Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, as a member of Seanad Éireann, and in the 1990s when he chaired the Constitution Review Group.
“I want to extend my deepest condolences to his children, Brian, David, Ken, and Raymond.
“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis agus uilig.”